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SISSA colloquium - The science of human origins

Claudio Tuniz will present the applications of new instruments and methods in palaeoanthropology and how they can reveal the inner structure of fossil remains from archaic humans and proto-humans, including their brain case, hyoid, labyrinth and other bones that are crucial for human evolution studies. The entire genomes of extinct human species can now be sequenced and compared with the genome of H. sapiens, providing a precise timescale for human evolution.

SISSA colloquium - Precision cosmology turns 20

Licia Verde will discuss what has been learned from precision cosmology and speculate on what the future might hold. The COBE satellite announced and published the observation of the primordial seeds of cosmic structure about 20 years ago. The 2006 Nobel Physics prize recognized these results as " the inception of cosmology as a precise science". Since COBE, cosmology has been hit by an avalanche of data: representative portions of the observable Universe are being mapped out in details and extremely ambitious surveys are being planned for the future.